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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Kingdom of Characene| > SH56738
Kingdom of Characene, Attambelos I, c. 47 - 24 B.C.
Characene at the head of the Persian Gulf was important link in trade with India. It was founded by Aspasine, a rebellious satrap of Antiochos IV. The kingdom fell under Parthian control and then to the Sasanians. Trajan visited the capital Charax during his invasion of Parthia and seeing the ships sailing to India lamented for not being younger and not able to go there, as Alexander did.
SH56738. Silver tetradrachm, Nicolet-Pierre Thionèsis pl. III, 6; BMC Arabia p. 291, 3 and pl. LV, 12, aVF, crack, Charax Spasinu mint, weight 8.902g, maximum diameter 29.1mm, die axis 0o, 41 - 40 B.C.; obverse diademed head with long beard; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ATTAMBHΛOY behind, ΣΩTHPOΣ / KAI EYEPΓETOY before, Herakles naked seated left on a cuirass, club in right, leaning on left, monogram above Herakles' arm, BOΣ (year 272 Seleukid era) in exergue; SOLD


Hill, G. Attambelos I of Characene. Numismatic Notes and Monographs, no. 14. (New York, 1922).
Hill, G. Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum: Arabia, Mesopotamia and Persia. (London, 1922).
Mitchiner, M. Oriental Coins: the Ancient and Classical World. (London, 1978).
Nelson, B., ed. Numismatic Art of Persia. The Sunrise Collection, Part I: Ancient - 650 BC to AD 650. (Lancaster, PA, 2011).
Nicolet-Pierre, H. "Thionèsis, roi de Characène (25/24-20/19 ou 19/18 avant J.-C.)" in Revue Numismatique, 6e sér. 20 (1978), p. 46-55.

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